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A Patriotic Filmmaker – a Conversation with Steven Barber – Episode 321

Steven C. Barber is an American documentary filmmaker/motion picture combat photographer with three films on the Oscar shortlist in 2010, 2012 and 2016. The writer, author and conversationalist is the great nephew of Edith Wharton (Age of Innocence), the first female writer to win the Pulitzer Prize in the 1880s, in affluent New York. Barber has lived in Santa Monica, California for the past twenty+ years.

On the podcast, he talks about how he got started in the industry, founding his film company Vanilla Fire. He shares a number of stories from his career, including the incredible results from his documentary film Return to Tarawa and others he’d made were aired. 36 US Marines were repatriated from WWII after the films were released for four years on the Military Channel for Discovery. This resulted in Congressional legislation being passed in D.C. to bring home MIAs from World War II. Actor Ed Harris lent his voice to this tremendous story of redemption and healing of 90+ year-old World War II veteran, Leon Cooper, in Malibu.

Also on the podcast, Chuck and Mark talk about the breakdown of the court systems, Brown University offering free Masters Degrees to DACA recipients and how colleges are a part of the leftist elite, training the youth of America to follow their views.

About the guest:


Steven Barber was born in Syracuse, New York, on February 12, 1961, and grew up in Woodstock from 1970-76.  After a three-year stint at Augusta Military Academy in Ft. Defiance, Virginia, in the late 1970’s and then graduating from Western Kentucky University in 1984, Mr. Barber headed west in a ’74 Chevy to give his writing and acting chops a workout. Having worked on many films and a series of television shows in the early 1980’s, he took a break from Hollywood and found work and adventure on 19 cruise ships in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s that would take carry him more than 5 million nautical miles on five of the earth’s seven seas. His first novel Below the Waterline is a fictional and whimsical tale of the search for love on high seas and is a big cruise novel seller on

CURRENT WORK Upon returning to Hollywood in the mid 1990’s, Mr. Barber found some success as one of the first reality TV show personalities, while he funded his work with sales in the entertainment industry. Steven’s closed a Fortune 500 luxury automotive client for his corporate partner and decided to cash in on the advertising world.

He invested in his own documentary filmmaking production company. After meeting a local TV news anchor who was working in Product Integration to fund her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology, she named their company Vanilla Fire. The media marketing publicity duo Barber/Henry created Vanilla Fire Productions and the first film, Unbeaten (2010 Oscar Shortlist), was a smashing success. The film was funded by Ten Billionaires, landing on the 2010 TIME magazine Top Ten Best Summer Olympic Documentaries list. Vanilla Fire produced a TV commercial awarded a Bronze CLIO Award in New York City in 2014. Vanilla Fire is in pre-production on the reality docuseries, The Doc Side. “Baby Boomer” Barber appeared most recently on a reality TV show the first week of January 2015 on VH1, after having met his current partner on the legendary show “Blind Date” in 2004.

Watch the trailer for his most recent project, The World’s Most Dangerous Paper Route.

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